In Beirut Syrian troops of the Arab Deterrent Force (ADF) opened fire on right-wing militia positions in the Christian sector of the Lebanese capital.
In Beirut Syrian troops of the Arab Deterrent Force (ADF) opened fire on right-wing militia positions in the Christian sector of the Lebanese capital. At least one man was killed (24 July). Since then there has been further clashes between Palestinian guerrillas and Israeli-backed Christian militia in southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The Falangists claim they did not retaliate against Syrian ADF positions in Beirut. Heavy and medium weapons were used to damage the Falangist headquarters.
The man who died in the attack was killed when a shell landed near a hospital.
An ADF statement said the militia had carried out daily provocations against their forces in the city centre, and that the most serious of these occurred on Tuesday (24 July). The statement added that the militia provocations forced the ADF troops to reply with "firmness". Sporadic explosions could be heard in the city throughout the night.
The Falangist Radio said the ADF used tank guns, mortars, rocket-launchers, anti-aircraft guns and recoilless weapons in the attack. The broadcast added that two houses and a number of cars were burnt, and an unspecified number of people were wounded. The Falangists regard the ADF as an army of occupation, rather than a peacekeeping force, and last year saw a series of savage confrontations. The ADF are the only troops left of a multi-national Arab League peace force sent to Lebanon in 1976 to end the civil war. All other countries have withdrawn from it.